A Culinary Volcanic Eruption! Dessert At Budapest’s Onyx Restaurant! Two Michelin Stars For A Hungarian Menu!

Welcome To Budapest Hungary!

Alex and I had a terrific visit to this unique city, as you can see here as we overlook the Danube River from the “Buda” side of the city – that’s “Pest” on the other side…and of course, when in Hungary you have to try their cuisine!

Budapest’s Only Two-Michelin Star Restaurant, Onyx!

Alex researched the restaurants in Budapest, and we got into Hungary’s only two Michelin Star restaurant, Onyx!

Here is how Onyx describes itself:


Located on Vörösmarty Square in the heart of Budapest, the Onyx Restaurant, opened its doors in April 2007. With the opening of the restaurant our goal was to establish a restaurant with a high standard of international quality in Hungary. The restaurant is located adjacent to the renowned Café Gerbeaud, on the site of the former ‘Little Gerbeaud’. The philosophy of the restaurant and the Café is one and the same everywhere: the encounter of tradition and innovation.

As you can see, a very refined space – here is a look at the menu the night we were there, called:


It was an eclectic menu, beautifully presented and highlighting all local ingredients…let’s take a look, beginning with a tray of hors d’oeurves:

Water buffalo tartare, shallot, mushroom

I never knew Water Buffalo was a “local” Hungarian ingredient, but it must be, and it was delicious, followed next by the decadent:

Goose liver, coffee, almond

Yes, luxurious goose liver has been coated with ground coffee – which really helps cut the richness – very different but perfectly executed.

Catfish, bacon, „fish soup”

Well, this dish has my name written all over it – a beautiful piece of fish wrapped in bacon and served in a delicious fish broth!

Oxtail consommé

This refreshing consomme was next, and then a beautiful Venison dish:

Venison “montage”, duck ravioli, celeriac, chervil

As you can see, all of the dishes were beautifully prepared and presented, and we had to have a bottle of Hungarian red with our main courses…

„Túró rudi”, forest fruits

We assumed this plate of sweet forest fruits and sorbet was the last course. Not true!

The last dish was a surprise showstopper – a volcanic dessert!

Take a look at the video I shot as it arrived:

The restaurant is proud of its two Michelin stars, and deservedly so: they really tried to blend traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern approach…bravo to the entire team at Onyx!

After dinner, we walked back along the Danube River, where many buildings were blazing:

If you follow the river, you will pass bridge after bridge, crossing from the “Pest” side we were on to the “Buda” side…and all bridge were lit up, even the ones in the distance:

We had a great time at Onyx, but it wasn’t our only food experience in Budapest – I mean, when you are in Hungary you MUST have Goulash!

Alex posted about her dish, and we went to Budapest’s Great Market Hall for Schnitzel and Spaetzle” as well! See those dishes here:


It was all part of our great adventure on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, which included arriving in Budapest by steam engine!

You can see video of the train in action, as well as more of our adventure onboard by clicking here:


Let me know if you’ve ever had a volcanic dessert!

Categories: Exotic Travel, Food, food blog, Food Review, Memoirs, Recipes, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized, Wacky Food, wine

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12 replies

  1. So cool! I have never seen anything like that!

  2. Even I might like fish if it always came wrapped in bacon! Delicious post — Happy New Year!

  3. This is such pretty looking food. A real treat.

  4. Well I have enjoyed all of your Budapest stories, John. 🙂

  5. Most interesting and informative post! Wishing you a bright and successful new year!

  6. This all looks amazing, John, but that pudding looks Wow! I must google how they do that. Happy New Year to you.

  7. That is ‘Haute Cuisine’ indeed, John. I can see why you wanted to eat there. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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